Item description for Beads in Bloom: The Art of Making French Beaded Flowers (Beadwork How-To series) by Arlene Baker...
Providing all the information beaders need to know to make spectacular French beaded flowers and greenery with wire, this book includes easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for fundamental and advanced techniques. Each step is illustrated with diagrams and photographs of vintage collectible beadwork. Also included are advice on tools and supplies, helpful creative tips and refinements, simple and complex projects with directions, a gallery of contemporary beaded pieces, and a brief history of the art of French beaded flower making.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8.5" Height: 9" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2002
Publisher Interweave Press
ISBN 1931499063 ISBN13 9781931499064
Reviews - What do customers think about Beads in Bloom: The Art of Making French Beaded Flowers (Beadwork How-To series)?
An Excellent Place to Begin Apr 28, 2007
I have been creating French Beaded work for 4 years. This was my first book. It is true that there aren't a lot of projects layed out, but basic technique is thoroughly explained and illustrated which is an excellent place to begin. With the basic technique taught in this book it is quite easy to move forward into floral self expression. Advanced techniques may be found in other books and a number of project books are available on the market, but I have always held this first book in high regard for helping me master the fundamentals. Pictures of contemporary as well as vintage work provide inspiration. I feel that the combination of good sound basic technique and inspiring photos is a great launching pad for supporting a newbie to explore creating French beaded florals.
Pretty but..... Dec 30, 2006
The instructions are sketchy. You can't really MAKE anything with this book...no projects...but the pictures of the finished pieces are pretty. I'd definitely go with a Dalene Kelly book before this one.
POOR resource, Pretty Pictures Sep 18, 2005
Arlene Baker has obviously been hitting eBay pretty hard, because this book seems to show the fruits of auctions won. It is at best a collection of photos of vintage French Beaded Flowers. She gives mediocre directions for learning the basic techniques and throws in a few patterns for making trite blossoms into brooches.
But this book doesn't seem to know what it wants to be: basic guide, jewelry pattern book or Coffee Table Book? And It fails at all three. Better guides are available with the dover reprints (check out the Nathanson books.) Actually, any other beaded flower book seems to cover the basics better. There are Jewelry patterns out there for French Beaded Flowers, and anyone can take a pattern for a single bloom from any book and attach the flower to a barrette. Granted, had Baker given good clear directions on how to do this, I would give her credit for that. But alas, she fails to do so. And as a Coffee Table Book, well the photography is unremarkable, some of the actual flowers are pretty, especially the ones made by her friends who seem to be accomplished artists. But the majority of this book is a "show off". It is used to document a personal collection of vintage flowers. Great for insurance documentation. Unfortunately, there are no museum pieces here, no spectacular work. Nothing you can't find on eBay, that is if Arlene doesn't get to it first.
I am serious, if you want to look at pretty pictures of French Beaded Flowers, do a Google search.
Nice to look through, but... Apr 3, 2005
I thought that the structure of the book was very unbalanced. The instructions are nice, but they are all in the front part of the book, and are hand-drawn. Color photos of finished projects are in the second part of the book. I prefer a book that has step-by-step instructions included with each project. Also, not very many projects are included. I hate to say it, but I've seen better books on french beaded flowers. To be fair, there are some very nice arrangement that provide inspiration.
Nice to look through, but I wouldn't recommend buying it to keep.
Glad I didn't buy Nov 15, 2003
Well I have looked into different books on beaded flowers and saw reviews of this book so I went to my local library and requested it. Well when I got it I sat and looked through it while I did like how the instructions were simple and clear I did find it was lacking in projects I got a few of the other books out there and feel they are much better. I did love the galeray of flowers in the middle of the book and would have rather had the patterns for some of those flowers instead. I will say if you really want this book find it at the library and copy the first few pages in techniques and return it. Don't buy it.